A western ground parrot being released with a GPS tracker fitted.
Here's how climate change affects recovery efforts for the elusive western ground parrot.
Only about 411 North Atlantic right whales exist, so every animal lost is a blow to the species’ chance of surviving.
(c) Nick Hawkins
North Atlantic right whales are headed toward a traumatic extinction, but could rebound if humans can get out of their way.
Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild.
It's hard to say exactly how many koalas are in the wild, but there's no doubt they're in serious trouble.
Malaysia’s wildlife department seized 50 African rhino horns destined for Vietnam last year.
Our findings suggest that the demand for rhino horn is unlikely to fall because people's beliefs are firmly entrenched.
Is this dragonfly thriving, or just hanging on?
Alarm bells went off when several recent studies reported mass insect die-offs in different parts of the world. But reports of an 'insect apocalypse' have been greatly exaggerated.
Google Images have revealed valuable data on what Africa’s largest eagle preys on.
Scientists now have a better understanding of what martial eagles eat. This is valuable for the conservation of this endangered species.
A polar bear crosses ice In Alaska’s Chukchi Sea area, where a recent court ruling bars the Trump administration from greenlighting offshore drilling.
NOAA/OER/Hidden Ocean 2016:The Chukchi Borderlands
Can presidents undo decisions by their predecessors to protect federal lands from development? A recent court ruling on offshore drilling says no, and could also affect contested lands in Utah.
The first Fernandina giant tortoise seen in over 112 years.
Galapagos National Park Directorate
From the reappearance of giant bees to sightings of clouded leopards – can we ever be certain that a species has died out?
Osprey on a nesting platform in Massachusetts.
Chemical pollution and hunting pushed Ospreys to the edge of extinction in the mid-20th century. Today, they have rebounded and can be spotted worldwide, often nesting on manmade structures.
The pine marten – cute but cunning.
We should welcome a native predators' return across the British Isles, while at the same time being honest about the implications.
Scientists are raising Miami blue butterflies in captivity and reintroducing them in south Florida.
Jeff Gage/Florida Museum of Natural History
How do you pack butterflies for shipping, or frogs for an overland hike to a new habitat? Three scientists explain how they keep threatened species safe on the road and in the air.
A female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound in January 2014.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson
Noisy waters may be making it harder for southern resident killer whales to communicate with each other and find their food.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a fungus that has devastated species like
Atelopus varius, the variable harlequin frog.
A look at new research published in 2018 on fossa, deepsea corals and tropical frogs developing resistance to a deadly fungus.
Woolly monkeys are hard to miss in Colombia’s jungles. Now, they face extinction.
Colombian researchers hope to revive an endangered species by rehabilitating monkeys confiscated from smugglers. The captive animals' struggles show that survival is not guaranteed.
Female sage grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming.
The Interior Department is expanding oil and gas leasing on land in six western states that is vital habitat for the greater sage grouse. Lawsuits are certain to follow.
The burrowing owl was once a common sight on the prairies. Now Saskatchewan and Alberta have fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs.
Carving up ecosystems or opening them to development puts the survival of species at risk.
The Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973 partly to help save the bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, from extinction. Should public appeal influence which species get priority?
How should the US spend limited funds for conserving endangered species? A new data tool lets managers compare different strategies so they can allocate money to protect the most species.
Releasing a female wolf on Isle Royale, Oct. 2, 2018.
The National Park Service is moving wolves to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to replenish a small pack on the island. Wolves prey on moose, which are overgrazing the island. It doesn't hurt that they are charismatic.
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar's largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
Oophaga andresii is one of the newly described species of Harlequin poison frog.
With their jewel-like colours, Colombia's poison frogs are coveted by collectors. Does naming their species help protect them or make them a target for trophy hunters?